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42 Day 300-Hour Exceptional Yoga Teacher Training in Koh Phangan, Thailand

Samma Karuna, 21/1 M 8, Baan Srithanu, Koh Phangan, Surat Thani 84280, Thailand

Best Thailand Yoga Teacher Training

Join this wonderful yoga teacher training in Koh Phangan, Thailand for the best non-dogmatic, experiential, and heart-based course full of useful knowledge and practices. Samma Karuna has a highly experienced team that will help you discover your potential and find happiness in your life. All you have to do is renew your relationship with yourselves, your community, and your environment.


  • Daily yoga classes
  • Daily meditation sessions
  • 300-hour yoga teacher training diploma
  • Free access to a four-week Awakening and Healing program upon completion
  • Free internship at the school once graduated
  • 41 nights accommodation

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  • Sauna
  • Air-conditioned public areas
  • Café
  • Garden
  • Lounge
  • Restaurant
  • Yoga shala
  • Bicycle rental
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Parking lot

Samma Karuna is located on Koh Phangan. The island is a perfect environment for self-discovery and self-development. There are many lodging options available in the area offering a wide range of amenities. All of the rooms have their own private bathrooms.

Type A

Comfortable and spacious bungalow room with amenities and sea view.

Type B

Standard private medium range bungalow with air conditioner.

Type C

Simple and clean standard bungalow with fan or standard medium with air conditioner shared with another student.

Type D

Single bed in four beds room for females or males dorm with air conditioner (included in your course fee).


  • Yoga halls - Two wooden fully-equipped yoga halls nestled in the forest of Koh Phangan and just 200 meters from the beach.
  • Welcome center - Samma Karuna is happy to serve you in anything they can to make your stay with them as positive and productive as possible. The kind staff members are there to help with any issues.
  • Free Wi-Fi - Free Wi-Fi hot-spot is available for students and guests.
  • Free water - Free filtered water is available at the school.



Students who complete their subsequent trainings are eligible to register with Yoga Alliance as Registered Yoga Teachers (RYT®).


Samma Karuna is a heart school

Samma Karuna school is based on the development of qualities of the heart such as simplicity, love, kindness, and compassion representing one of the spiritual hearts of South East Asia.

Offers you a space where you can keep growing after your certification

The program offers a free internship to teach yoga at the school (optional), for those graduated students who would like to deepen their yoga teaching skills plus gain access to all regular yoga classes in the school for a lifetime.


The school embraces yoga, Tantra, Taoist, and Buddhist values as well as modern science research as part of the yoga teacher training course, whilst maintaining a non-dogmatic and open minded approach, as foundation pillars of the school.

Internationally recognized school of yoga

Samma Karuna is an internationally recognized school that operates on Koh Phangan, Thailand throughout the year. The team of senior teachers fully embrace yoga as a lifestyle and path of liberation.

Provides an intensive yoga teacher training course in a fun, relaxing environment for you to learn

They believe that life is for learning but also for celebrating, therefore in Samma Karuna, they provide a fun, relaxing environment where learning and celebration go hand-in-hand.

Samma Karuna is a community and family

Samma Karuna is not just a school, but also a community of friends and family who practice a conscious lifestyle and take care of each other.

Samma Karuna has a beautiful space with three of the four halls right by the beach

The beautiful yoga campus of 7000 meters square by the beach provides onsite accommodation and facilities that allows you to retreat during your yoga teacher training course. The campus and retreat center is located on Koh Phangan, the second largest yoga center of South East Asia and one of the most beautiful islands of Thailand.


The program covers all Yoga Alliance requirements but also includes an exceptional study of yoga techniques and practices.

  • Asana practice and theory in Hatha, Vinyasa, and Yin
  • Vipassana/Anapana meditation
  • Active meditations and OSHO active meditations practice
  • Classic pranayama and breath-work for healing
  • Compassionate sharing
  • Yoga and self development
  • Yogi and Taoist cultivating, circulating, and sublimating of energy
  • Anatomy and physiology
  • The six yogic purification techniques (shatkarma)
  • Eight limbs of yoga of Patanjali
  • Yamas and niyamas
  • Overview on yoga history
  • Basics of Sanskrit
  • Introduction to Ayurveda
  • Energy body structure
  • Tantra and yoga
  • Truth and correct understanding in yoga (guidance on how to interpret the sutras)
  • Shankhaprakshalana practice (optional)
  • Suddarshan Kriya practice
  • Mantras ans mudras
  • The art of teaching from the mind-intellectual to the heart-intuitive
  • Yoga and business
  • Yoga and nutrition


Weeks 1 to 4

  • 07:15 - 08:15 Pranayama, mudra, and meditation
  • 08:30 - 10:30 Asana practice
  • 11:00 - 12:30 Lunch break
  • 12:30 - 13:30 Meditation/yoga theory
  • 13:40 - 14:40 Yoga philosophy/anatomy
  • 14:40 - 16:00 Tea break
  • 16:00 - 17:30 Asana practice
  • 18:00 - 19:00 Art of teaching/adjustment and alignment

Weeks 5 and 6

  • 07:15 - 08:15 Active or still meditation practice
  • 08:30 - 10:30 Asana practice
  • 11:00 - 12:30 Lunch break
  • 12:30 - 14:30 Teaching or assisting in asanas practice
  • 14:40 - 16:00 Tea break
  • 16:00 - 17:30 Asana practice
  • 18:00 - 19:00 Awakening class

During the six weeks, the time schedule will be the same, but the subjects will change according to the program. Sundays are the days off.

Application requirements

  • Previous experience in yoga practice
  • An open flexible mind able to meditate (you will be asked to meditate one hour a day or more)
  • A commitment to learning
  • A motivation to become a yoga teacher (even if you don't have plans to teach in the near future)
  • A high level of self-discipline (the course is physically, mentally, and spiritually demanding)
  • Comfortable with respectful body contact (some exercises are done in pairs and hugs are a common practice)
  • Able to read, speak, and comprehend English with a satisfactory degree of fluency

Retreat location

Samma Karuna is located in front of the beaches of Koh Phangan, a paradisiac island in the Gulf of Thailand. The accommodation is nestled among palm trees, beautiful beaches, and jungle landscapes with stunning mountain views. Thong Sala city center is only a 15-minute drive away. Crossing the street from the school, you will find an ATM.

Also you will be able to enjoy "Art Café" - a very famous and cozy coffee shop. The shopping villa Srithanu is just a five-minute walk away and there you can find supermarkets, a recreational aquatic center, as well as restaurants serving both local and international food.


  • Family Mart Haad Chap Phao, 100 meters
  • Srithanu - 5 minutes' walk
  • Thong Sala, 5 kilometers - 15 minutes' drive

Unique features


  • Sauna


  • Air-conditioned public areas
  • Café
  • Garden
  • Lounge
  • Restaurant
  • Yoga shala


  • Bicycle rental
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Parking lot


You will be provided one vegetarian brunch a day. There will be free filtered water available at the school.

The following meals are included:

  • Brunch
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

Volunteer with Samma Karuna and receive a 20% discount on your course. By volunteering with Samma Karuna for four hours a day, you can practice Karma yoga and selflessly give of yourself for the benefit of others. Volunteers are entitled to a 20% discount on the regular fee of the yoga teacher training course.

Volunteering is typically done at the school or in nearby areas, such as the Koh Phangan Organic Farm or Phangan Animal Welfare Center. Other volunteering activities include beach cleaning, free hugs campaigns, or help at the school in activities such as: assisting in classes, gardening, helping at the welcome center, distributing flyers, etc.

What's included

  • 300 hours of instructions
  • 300-hour yoga teacher training diploma
  • Free access to Samma Karuna's Awakening and Healing program once finishing the course
  • Optional internship at the school for graduate students
  • 41 nights accommodation
  • Daily vegetarian brunch

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

You may book your flight to Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK) in Bangkok. From there, you may fly to Samui Airport (USM). Between Bangkok and Koh Samui, there are many daily services run by Bangkok Airways. Flying time about 50 minutes. A connecting ferry will have to be taken from Koh Samui to Koh Phangan (see ferry info below).

From Bangkok, you can also fly first to Surat Thani Airport (URT). Air Asia flies from Bangkok to Surat Thani daily, flying time is about 50 minutes. The transfer from Surat Thani Airport (URT) to Donsak ferry port is by coach or taxi and takes about one hour and 30 minutes. At Donsak, you transfer to the Raja ferry to Koh Phangan which takes three hours. Whilst the overall journey is longer than flying directly to Koh Samui, it can be cheaper to fly via Surat Thani, depending on the time of year.

Arrival by bus

There are many bus services from Bangkok to Koh Phangan. Most of these are sleeper buses. They can be booked from travel agencies in Bangkok or by going to the central bus station (Sia Thai). The journey takes about ten hours to Donsak, the ferry port for boats going to Koh Phangan. From Donsak, the journey takes around three hours to Koh Phangan. Usually, the ferry is included in the price of the bus.

Arrival by ferry

There are ferries from Samui To Koh Phangan. The Seatran ferry leaves Koh Samui at 08:00 and 13:00. The Lomprayah ferry leaves Koh Samui at 08:00, 11:15, 12:30, and 17:00. The Seatran pier is located near the airport, approximately a ten-minute drive and the Lompraya pier is located 50 minutes from the airport. The Lompraya pier is 50 minutes from the airport. Please take this into consideration when booking the rest of your journey. Ferries arrive in Koh Phangan at Thong Sala pier.

For returning back, the Seatran ferry leaves Koh Phangan at 11:00 and 16:30. The Lomprayah ferry leaves Koh Phangan at 07:15, 11:00, 12:00, and 16:20.

From Koh Samui airport, there is a shuttle service going to the ferry ports for Koh Phangan. This is usually available as a free service. Please ask for this service when you purchase the ticket for the ferry in the Seatran / Lompraya ferry counter as you exit Koh Samui airport.

Arrival by train

Trains leave Bangkok several times daily, the journey time is about 12 hours. Sleeping booths are available for some services. Leaving the train at Surat Thani, the transfer by coach or taxi from Surat Thani station to Donsak pier takes about one hour. From Donsak, the ferry journey takes three hours to Koh Phangan.

There are two companies that run luxury coach services from Bangkok to Chumphon, which takes about six hours. At Chumphon, you transfer to a large express boat that stops at Koh Tao before arriving at Koh Phangan. The boat journey from Chumphon to Koh Phangan takes about three hours.

Arrival by taxi

Local taxis are available from the pier. Please inform the taxi to go to Samma Karuna Srithanu. Please print out instructions in Thai to give to the taxi driver, this will avoid any unnecessary delay and frustration. Taxis are approximately 200 to 300 THB per person.

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Arrival: Monday January 18, 2021
Departure: Sunday February 28, 2021

Special discount

Volunteering with Samma Karuna for 3 to 4 hours a day and get a special discount of 20% on the regular fee of this Yoga Teacher Training course.

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